Adventure Education students woke at approximately 7:30 AM this morning. Visions of McDonald’s had been dancing through their heads while they slept. The camp was broken for the final time and the group hit the eastbound trail at 8:20 AM.
The three-mile boardwalk trail through the Olympic rainforest was an outstanding way to end the trip. Old growth trees and open meadows were enjoyed along the way. Students hiked at a rapid pace and arrived at Ozette campground at 9:45 AM.
At the campground, the group used the bathroom facilities, washed out bear canisters and kept vigilant watch for the South Whidbey School District bus.
At 11:00 AM the bus arrived. The group hopped on and bus headed south toward Rialto Beach.
The bus pulled into Rialto at about 12:30 PM. The southbound group was met with smiling faces. Everyone boarded the bus and the united group headed northeast, bound for Port Angeles.
In Port Angeles, bear canisters were deposited at park headquarters. Five minutes later, the bus took a turn into the local McDonald’s. The dreamlike spell of the coast was broken by the beep of the registers and the oft-repeated question “Welcome to McDonald’s. Can I take your order?”
The bus rolled out of Port Angeles and arrived just in time to catch the 4:30 PM Port Townsend ferry. Adventure Ed students met parents waiting with open arms at 5:30 PM in the Langley Middle School parking lot.
A heartfelt thanks to the stalwart group of chaperones: Charlie Snelling, Scott Daley, Steve Scoles, Brian Miller, Patsy Brereton and Bruce Brereton. Your strength is unparalleled.